Advocating for the Arts
“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” –President Lyndon B. Johnson, on signing the National Endowment for the Arts info existence
Advocating for the arts doesn’t have to be formal, or part of a larger organizational effort. We encourage you to tell your personal stories to your elected officials at the city, state, and national level.
Not sure how? Our friends at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies have great resources for talking about the importance of the arts. Check out the following tools:
- Five Essential Arts Arguments
- Fact vs. Fiction: Government Arts Funding
- You Can Shape Policy, with advocacy dos and don’ts
Have the arts helped you through a difficult time? Have you watched a family member succeed by tapping into an artistic hobby or career? Are you a veteran, or teacher, or entrepreneur whose life has been changed by the arts? Everyone has a great story, and your elected officials want to hear them. Your experiences matter!